Norfolk Southern Railroad hosted an Operation Lifesaver train on April 28th. The route was from Sterling Yard (17 Mile Rd) to Monroe, MI.
Sterling Hts. PD at 16 Mile Service Drive
The purpose of the train was enforcement at grade crossings and to show the passengers the view that the engine crew have. They deal with drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists on a daily basis who take an unnecessary risk of trying to beat a train. With that in mind, law enforcement from multiple jurisdictions were aboard the train (in the cab of the locomotive) to watch for cars going around gates then to relay them to police cars waiting to stop and ticket them.
North Yard Office
The NS GP-38-2 that has the camera right between the two ditch lights.
As I told one of my fellow riders on the train, I rather educate a person on respecting the railroad grade crossing lights and making the simple choice of Stop, Look and Live than to cut them from a twisted piece of steel and work hard to save their life. It is much easier to tell someone how they can save their own life by obeying the signals, signs, and other warning devices than to cut them from their own bad choice.